Judgment days are fast approaching for this year’s All-Star process: fan voting concludes on Monday, the starters will be announced on Jan. 22, and the reserves – always the subject of the most controversy – will be named before the end of the month.
Below, SI.com reveals its picks for the East and West starting lineups, with our full 12-man roster selections to come next week.
Making these picks involved balancing a number of factors, including: each player’s statistical output and advanced stats performance, his impact on his team, and his team’s record. A player’s health, games played and minutes logged were also taken into consideration due to the large number of star players that have missed time this season. Two “backcourt” and three “frontcourt” players were selected for each conference; players were only eligible for their designation on the official NBA.com ballot. Picks were made based on 2014-15 performance only.